Social Media

Why Facebook has hired 700 Austin workers and is getting ready for another wave of expansion

In 2010, Facebook Inc. opened a seven-person office to explore whether the city was a good fit for its young, hard-driving workforce. It turned out it was, and over the past seven years, the social media giant has grown its Austin team to 700 people...

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Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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Open Source

10 Tweets About... the president’s ‘Covfefe’

Who among us hasn’t misspelled a word and posted it in an email or public message while typing quickly on a digital device? When you’re the president, though, it can create ripples that reverberate across the Twittersphere. In a late-night Tweet,...

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Tech Crawl: A $100 billion tech fund, Twitter co-founder regrets and Ford’s new CEO

Happy Monday, Austin! Let’s shake off the weekend rain and get back to work. Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today. Softbank’s big fund A partnership between Japanese tech company SoftBank and Saudi Arabia has yielded the world’s largest...

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Austin's Tiny Hands Mail uses tech to send old-school postcards to your elected representatives

Despite a desire to engage politically spurred by the most recent presidential election and protests that followed, the postcards lay on a table, unsent. “We got actual postcards,” said Mercedes Cooper, a former speech pathologist who’s now a part-time...

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Talking about Mark Cuban and Twitter’s possible turnaround with Texas Standard

This week on “Texas Standard” radio, we talked about changes at Twitter and whether they might mean the company’s string of bad luck is finally turning around. That includes an investment from billionaire Mark Cuban, who suggests the company has figured...

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Talking about Facebook’s video violence problem with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed a topic that came up in a Tech Crawl item this week: the increasing amount of horrific crime that’s being broadcast, often live, on Facebook and how the social network is trying to deal with...

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Tech Crawl: AT&T slammed over Austin ‘5G Evolution’  launch, Twitter’s turnaround and more awful crimes shown on Facebook

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories worth checking out this morning: Fake news or fake 5G? Tuesday should have been a great day for AT&T in Austin: the telecom company announced “5G Evolution” enhanced speeds in some parts...

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Facebook Live: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Ever since it became available to the public in early 2016, Facebook Live has transformed the way we interact with one another. The ability to post not just what we think, but see, in real time has changed the landscape for everything from presidential...

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Austin’s Evelyn (Ngugi) From the Internets is now a YouTube Creator for Change

Evelyn Ngugi, an Austin YouTube star better known to some fans as “Evelyn From the Internets” on Thursday was named one of 27 Creators for Change.  The program promotes positive social change by choosing video makers who are “tackling social issues...

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